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Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Gavin

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Street Kitchen, Broadgate Circle

In the shadows of Liverpool Street station, a mecca for London foodies has popped up seemingly out of nowhere. Broadgate Circle has literally popped up out of nowhere and is set to be one of the most picturesque spots in the city over the summer for a long lunch or boozy evening.  My personal highlights in the foodie hub include Franco Manca pizzas, José Pizarro tapas, Shoryu Ramen, and having attended the opening last week, I’m fallen in love with Street Kitchen’s sandwich bar.

Street Kitchen are arguably the most recognisable London street food vendor, thanks largely to their American style Airstream vans and those burgers. Founded by two of London’s most decorated chefs, Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel, Street Kitchen was conceived to create bistro quality lunches at street food prices. It was a concept that Londoners fell in love with from the start, and soon enough they had a second Airstream and a ‘hatch’ located in a dairy warehouse in Battersea.

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However, Broadgate Circle is the company’s first permanent location with 30 covers and see’s the team take a new direction into the gourmet sandwich market. An odd decision you may think, given how well received their meals are, but being located in the heart of the financial district where time is a precious commodity; fresh, quality food made quickly is virtually nonexistent.

The menu is ever changing but staples include rare roast beef and horseradish, hot smoked salmon brioche, and chicken with tarragon mayo. I managed to get a preview of some of the sandwiches on offer and can’t recommend the lamb and chicken meatball pita highly enough. The Mediterranean flavours work excellently with the crunchy red cabbage and hummus, just be careful if you are wearing a white shirt.

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Likewise, the broccoli and fried egg sandwich can only be described as unadulterated ford porn. I was initially sceptical about a broccoli sandwich as I’m nigh on carnivore, but the presence of Old Winchester cheese with the burst of egg yolk is a touch of class.

One of the unique selling points is that many of the sandwiches are sold by the inch, so you can order as much or as little as you wish. On opening day, one customer ordered a whopping 72 inches; rumour has it he is still working his way through the last few inches…

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And what about the bread-phobic?  Don’t panic, you are well looked after with a range of delicious salads, my personal favourite being the hock ham.

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In a remarkable case of life imitating art, those who have watched the 2014 Hollywood blockbuster Chef will recognise the uncanny parallels in both journeys. If you haven’t seen it, the lead character’s (played by Jon Favreau) burgeoning mobile sandwich business becomes so successful that he eventually opens a prestigious restaurant. Judging by the quality of food and popularity of Street Kitchen in such a short space of time, you wouldn’t bet against them following suit.

Street Kitchen is open Mon-Fri 7am to 9pm

www.streetkitchen.co.uk

Street Kitchen, 42 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.



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